PEMBROKE — The University of North Carolina at Pembroke was given the highest honor during the State Employees Combined Campaign’s annual recognition luncheon.
UNC Pembroke received the Chairman’s Award for increasing the number of donations and participation over the last year. The university increased its overall giving by $3,600 from 2015 to 2016.
The number of UNCP employees who participated in the State Employees Combined Campaign jumped from 445 to 454.
The luncheon was held at The Stockroom at 230 in downtown Raleigh on Feb. 22. Accepting the awards on behalf of UNC Pembroke were Christie Poteet, director of the Office for Community and Civic Engagement, and Chris Scott, a Facilities Operations supervisor.
“I am so proud of the way our campus came together to support agencies that make a significant impact in our area,” Poteet said. “The university’s response to this campaign, especially in the midst of Hurricane Matthew, speaks volumes about the way we support each other and our community when we are most in need.”
UNC Pembroke also received the Growth in Giving Award for having an overall increase in giving, bringing its share to $24,151. The Hurricane Heroes award was also presented to UNC Pembroke. This award is presented to state organizations and universities, which despite Hurricane Matthew and the flooding that occurred after, ran campaigns that motivated individuals and exceeded 2015 totals.
The State Employees Combined Campaign is the only authorized fundraising campaign permitted to solicit charitable contributions in the state employee workplace. Since its first campaign in 1985, the North Carolina State Employees Combined Campaign has raised more than $100 million in gifts from state employees.
Mark Locklear is a Public Relations specialist for The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.